I received a beautiful Rumi book as a gift recently. It is "Rumi - Hidden
Music" translated by Maryam Mafi and Azima Melita Kolin, published
in 2001. It's one of my favorite poetry books of all time.
To start the new year (and give the left brain a gift) following are four
short poems...one each for the physical, spiritual, mental and emotional
bodies. Enjoy this two minute read.
When you plant a tree
every leaf that grows will tell you,
what you sow will bear fruit.
So if you have any sense, my friend
don't plant anything but love,
you show your worth by what you seek.
Water flows to those who want purity.
Wash your hands of all desires and
come to the table of Love.
Do you want me to tell you a secret?
The flowers attract the most beautiful lover
with their sweet smile and scent.
If you let God weave the verse in your poem
people will read it forever.
from the book "Rumi - Hidden Music: Paintings and Poems" translated
by Maryam Mafi and Azima Melita Kolin, published 2001, page 115
Let us fall in love again
and scatter gold dust all over the world.
Let us become a new spring
and feel the breeze drift in the heavens' scent.
Let us dress the earth in green,
and like the sap of a young tree
let the grace from within sustain us.
Let us carve gems out of our stony hearts
and let them light our path to Love.
The glance of Love is crystal clear
and we are blessed by its light.
from the book: "Rumi - Hidden Music", published 2001, page 117
We are healers, wise men from the East!
We have cured many from sorrow and blindness,
we uproot the cause of all pain.
We bring the dead to life because
we have learned our skills from Christ,
ask those who have witnessed our signs.
We mix our medicine from plants of paradise
and need no instruments
for we run through the body like thought.
We are the healers of spirit and
do not look for reward.
But before we leave,
remember not to speak of us, guard your words
for this world is full of unfriendly ears.
from the book "Rumi - Hidden Music", published 2001, page 127
why are you turning round in circles,
what are you looking for?
The Beloved is here, why search in the desert?
If you look deep in your heart
you will find Him within yourself.
You have made the pilgrimage and
trod the path to Mecca many times.
You rave about the holy place
and say you've visited God's garden
but where is your bunch of flowers?
You tell stories about diving deep into the ocean
but where is your pearl?
There is some merit
in the sufering you have endured
but what a pity you have not discovered
the Mecca that's inside.
from the book: "Rumi - Hidden Music", published 2001
You have woken up late,
lost and perplexed
but don't rush to your books
looking for knowledge.
Pick up the flute instead and
let your heart play.
from the book "Rumi - Hidden Music" pulbished 2001, page 158
See the following site for additional poetry:
Peace and love to all in the new year,